Dr Rachel Norman

Postdoctoral Researcher, NERC CoG3

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
Contact: email
Phone: 0207942 5525

Summary

My main area of research interest is studying the formation mechanisms and behaviour of mineral phases, by preparation and characterisation of their synthetic analogues. I use a wide range of characterisation techniques, including PXRD, TGA, IR, TEM and ICP-OES, as well as experimental studies such as leach tests, to investigate synthetic mineral systems. Discoveries and observations made when studying the synthetic minerals can then be compared to the natural materials, resulting in a better understanding of these complex systems.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Loughborough University, Chemistry

MChem, Loughborough University, Chemistry, 2005 - 2009

Employment history

Academic

PDRA, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, UK, 2013 - ongoing

Publications

Norman RL, Dann SE, Hogg SC, Kirk CA (2013) Synthesis and structural characterisation of new ettringite and thaumasite type phases: Ca-6 Ga(OH)(6)center dot 12H(2)O (2)(SO4)(3)center dot 2H(2)O and Ca-6 M(OH)(6)center dot 12H(2)O (2)(SO4)(2)(CO3)(2), M = Mn, Sn. Solid State Sciences, 25 : 110 - 117. doi: 10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2013.08.006

Introduction

Summary

My main area of research interest is studying the formation mechanisms and behaviour of mineral phases, by preparation and characterisation of their synthetic analogues. I use a wide range of characterisation techniques, including PXRD, TGA, IR, TEM and ICP-OES, as well as experimental studies such as leach tests, to investigate synthetic mineral systems. Discoveries and observations made when studying the synthetic minerals can then be compared to the natural materials, resulting in a better understanding of these complex systems.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Loughborough University, Chemistry

MChem, Loughborough University, Chemistry, 2005 - 2009

Employment history

Academic

PDRA, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, UK, 2013 - ongoing

Publications

Publications

Norman RL, Dann SE, Hogg SC, Kirk CA (2013) Synthesis and structural characterisation of new ettringite and thaumasite type phases: Ca-6 Ga(OH)(6)center dot 12H(2)O (2)(SO4)(3)center dot 2H(2)O and Ca-6 M(OH)(6)center dot 12H(2)O (2)(SO4)(2)(CO3)(2), M = Mn, Sn. Solid State Sciences, 25 : 110 - 117. doi: 10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2013.08.006